REGION IV VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

Michael Belcher, CSP
Director of Safety
DS Waters of America, Inc.
Marietta, GA

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Belcher, CSP is the Director of Safety for DS Waters, the U.S. leader in home and office water delivery where he leads safety and health efforts that impact over 5,000 employees.  Belcher devotes the majority of his time working to align safety processes with desired business outcomes.

With 20 years of experience as a safety professional, Belcher has worked successfully with various employers to improve operational performance and to prevent injuries, illnesses, fire, and vehicle accidents.  He also worked for Cingular Wireless and Coca-Cola Enterprises in prominent safety and environmental roles.  He holds a B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

Belcher is the current Regional Vice-President and past deputy Vice-President, during which time Region IV received the most Chapter STARs awards in its history.  He was an Area Director for 5 years and chaired the Region IV Professional Development Conference from 2005 - 2009.  Belcher has also held offices as delegate, chapter president, president-elect, and secretary in the Georgia Chapter.

Belcher was named the Georgia Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) in 2003 and has also appeared in television interviews as an ASSE spokesperson.  Other professional affiliations include the Georgia Safety Leaders Council and the Direct Delivery Leadership Council.  As a member of various ANSI Z-245 Subcommittees, he participated in the development of national consensus standards for waste management safety.  He is also the former Vice Chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton County LEPC, a published author, and a frequent speaker at professional conferences. 

PLATFORM STATEMENT

It is a privilege and honor to run for a second term as your Regional Vice-President.  I look forward to building upon our legacy of achievement as we expand opportunities for participation, leadership, outreach and recognition. 

As your representative, I will continue advocating your interests and concerns to the Society Board of Directors and working diligently to support initiatives that add value to our profession and to the members we serve.   This includes forming additional groups, sections and chapters so that all members have an opportunity to bond with like-minded professionals.   We will also reach out to newcomers and help them move up the ladder of success by providing fresh developmental/networking experiences, and a new Regional mentoring program.

I hope to see you in person as I continue to attend chapter meetings and events throughout the region to connect directly with members and local leaders.    Starting this year, we will be exploiting technology to strengthen our communications and to touch base through additional means including social networking and virtual meetings.   We’re also expanding our regional professional development conference to include additional learning opportunities along with a new leadership seminar to prepare our chapter leaders for the future.

Our chapters have a reputation for developing leading edge programs and meaningful relationships with their members and the communities they serve.  But we won’t rest on our laurels.  We want all of our chapters to prosper and I’m committed to providing the additional support and resources necessary to make it happen.

Our vision at ASSE is to be the premier organization and resource for those who work to protect people, property and the environment.   And with your active engagement and support, we will fulfill that vision.   This is your Society and I invite you to join me in making a difference.